Exclusive NCIS Gibbs Prequel Update! CBS Exec Clarifies with Mind-Blowing Details – Fans, Get Ready!

The President of CBS Entertainment provides a clarifying update on the upcoming NCIS prequel series, titled NCIS: Origins. After over two years since Mark Harmon’s departure from the long-standing CBS drama, it was recently confirmed that Harmon would return to the NCIS universe to narrate a prequel spinoff, focusing on the formative years of his character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

In an interview with Deadline, Amy Reisenbach, President of CBS Entertainment, discussed the unique aspects of NCIS: Origins within the broader NCIS franchise. Describing the prequel as “grittier” and more serialized than the main NCIS series, she drew parallels with another spinoff, NCIS: Sydney, highlighting their distinct identities and the opportunities they present for attracting new audiences while remaining true to the franchise’s DNA and loyal fan base.

NCIS: Origins is set to unfold in 1991, capturing Gibbs as he embarks on his career as a Special Agent at the NCIS Camp Pendleton office. The narrative will focus on Gibbs forming a gritty team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks, portrayed by Muse Watson, who played a significant role in the original series. The prequel introduces a younger version of Special Agent Vera Strickland, originally portrayed by Roma Maffia in a 2013 NCIS season 11 episode.

Notably, Sean Harmon, Mark Harmon’s son, involved in developing and pitching the idea, will not portray the younger Gibbs in the prequel. Instead, he will serve as an executive producer alongside Mark Harmon, David J. North, and Gina Lucita Monreal. Monreal will co-write the premiere episode and act as a showrunner, maintaining a strong creative link between NCIS: Origins and the broader franchise. David J. North, working on the main series, will also continue to contribute, ensuring a cohesive connection between NCIS: Origins and the overall NCIS universe.

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